This is our group of missionaries in the Metro area who walked in the Canada Day Parade in Sackville, Nova Scotia. As you can see, they are smiling despite the drizzle!
We had a great leadership council in June. We are all learning to counsel together to receive inspiration. It's remarkable how well that works and how insightful the missionaries are. You can see we had a great hands-on lesson about "getting water to the end of the row" and how the leaders need to communicate training to every missionary so that all benefit.
We sent off our amazing Welsh Elder and three fabulous Sisters who were great mission leaders. We owe them each a debt of gratitude for the difference they made in the mission and in our own lives. We spent a great evening together hearing their testimonies and discussing what they are looking forward to in the future--including what favorite foods they will eat first when they arrive home:). They've been a joy to serve with and will surely be missed.
We had another early morning arrival as the missionaries weren't able to clear customs and get their visas in time to make their flight from Toronto to Halifax. That makes for some pretty tired missionaries. But, they arrived intact and in good spirts. We are already seeing how much they have changed in a month, and we are very excited to have them here in the CHM.
Thanks to all you parents who are so willing to see your sons and daughters serve. They are truly blessing the people here, the other missionaries, and all those they come in contact with.
We had a couple of days where we were able to see some of the sights in Newfoundland. We saw several icebergs and a few puffins. Puffins and icebergs were on our bucket list, so it made us really happy. Thought you might be interested in seeing a little bit of what has become ordinary to your missionaries serving in Newfoundland.
Each transfer we have a Mission Leadership Council where we bring all zone leaders and sister training leaders together for training. We did some great interactive teaching training. This meeting was unique because we ended with a testimony meeting. It is so encouraging to see the youth of the Church stepping up to become great leaders. The Church is in good hands with these impressive young people. We feel very blessed to be able to associate with them.
Great zone conference at the Lion's club in Newfoundland. The senior couples provide the lunch which we appreciate greatly and which goes above and beyond their expected service. The number of pictures we get at zone conferences varies depending on the time we have and whether a missionary has borrowed my camera.
We enjoyed the visit of the Sonkens who traveled with us to all the zone conferences and gave a health presentation. This is their picture at the Gander Aviation Museum in Newfoundland.
We got a couple of candid shots at our New Brunswick zone conference. We had a great conference, also got our black boxes for our cars, and got some health training by the Sonkens, our area medical advisors.
We moved our zone conferences around a bit this time so we had our Nova Scotia Zone conference first. This was so all missionaries could get black boxes installed in their cars. I am sure you probably heard about this--the missionaries aren't thrilled about it (the device gives Pres. a weekly report about who had any speeding or safety violations). Really, though, they have taken it all in stride. And, the devices are great because they are making your missionaries safer.
Our Area Medical Advisor and his wife (the Sonkens) also visited these zone conferences to give us some health tips. Thanks to them for their service--they just returned home.